Taking Gender Out of the Animation Equation By Simply Ignoring It

Friday, February 28, 2014
Via: Medium.com

Gender is a topic in animation circles that is gaining more traction lately mainly thanks to a growing realisation that for all the talk of an industry that has less sever gender segregation and under representation than live-action, it’s still a heavily male-dominated industry. That translates into the programming and associated merchandise so easily that it’s long been simply taken for granted. In recent years, the problem has attracted more attention as viewers, consumer groups and activists look to balance the equation for women and females in animation. For an example of a possible fix, we turn to the east, and the hit anime show Attack on Titan.

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Why Do Female Characters ‘Have’ To Look Feminine?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Female characters often have a tough time with variety. While there is plenty of debate and discussion surrounding the prevalence of stereotypes that send poor messages to viewers, there is something else that is completely overlooked. Dave Pressler ponders the interesting question of why female characters are often forced too look feminine by executives.

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McDonalds Thinks Girls Don’t Watch Adventure Time

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Via: Cinemablend

Why are the female characters of Adventure Time not being given Happy Meal toys of their own while the boys are?

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The Disney Princess Lingerie Might Not Be So Bad After All

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Disney Princess underwear

Sprung upon the (non-Japanese) world last week was a series of lingerie based on the Disney Princess brand. Yet here in the west, a bit of a burhaha unfolded as people discussed the merits and demerits of such merchandise. In the midst of it all, people forgot that they might not be so weird, or so bad after all.

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Week Links 42-2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Via: Rebecca Hains

Charles Week Links for December 8th to the 14th, 2013.

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As it Turns Out, Boys DO Watch Female Characters on TV

Monday, September 30, 2013
Kick-ass Korra

It’s oft rumoured that boys have a certain amount of disdain for shows with female leads. The reasons are vague and revolve around concepts of masculinity and accepted…

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PBS’ Idea Channel Discusses How Radical BMO’s ‘Gender’ Really Is

Thursday, July 18, 2013
BMO burglar

BMO is rare among animated TV characters in that the character is identified as either male or female. This ambiguity is the subject of a PBS Idea Channel video that explores why that is and what it means in relation to feminism.

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The Powerpuff Girls, Blessed Ignorance and Fan Pigeonholing

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The groundbreaking Powerpuff Girls garnered legions of fans, but why did they very nature of the show itself pigeonhole male fans?

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Thoughts on Female Representation in Animation

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Kick-ass Korra

I like female characters, that’s no secret at this point, they’re awesome and unfortunately continue to be under-represented in contemporary animation programming. That’s not to say they don’t…

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Dissapointing Winx Club Kinder Eggs

Monday, September 3, 2012
Escher Girls Kinder Winx centaurs

If you’re not familiar with Winx Club, just imagine My Little Pony x Barbie x 10 or just look at the picture above to start tripping. It’s an…

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UPDATED: The Wall Street Journal On Gender And The Legend Of Korra

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
WSJ Korra

Updated at the bottom. Via: The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal is the straight man of American journalism. It’s supposedly “above the fray” of other news…

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